Opera singers aid charity which owns Cromford Mills

Alexandra Kennedy and Oliver Gerrish will star in An Evening of Opera at St Mary's Church, Cromford, on June 4.
Alexandra Kennedy and Oliver Gerrish will star in An Evening of Opera at St Mary's Church, Cromford, on June 4.

An evening of opera will raise money for an educational charity which is devoted to the rescue of industrial heritage buildings.

The event in St Mary’s Church, Cromford, on June 4 will raise money for the Arkwright Trust which owns Cromford Mills.

Soprano Alexandra Kennedy and countertenor Oliver Gerrish will star in a concert of opera, work by classical composers and music theatre.

Alexandra studied at the BirminghamConservatoire and has performed nationally and internationally including a recital for Prince Albert of Monaco, singing at several International Twickenham rugby games, an historic performance for the earthquake appeal in the Great Hall of People in Beijing, and a privaterecital for the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House.

Oliver, who is from Bonsall, is a versatile countertenor, equally at home with the traditional musicalheritage of the Renaissance and Baroque, as well as the contemporary. He began his professional musical training at Lichfield Cathedral, went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was alto soloist at the Paris Conservatoire. Oliver has performedwith many leading conductors and accompanists and sang for the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg. He has performed all over the world with, among other ensembles, ThePhilharmonia Orchestra.

Tickets for An Evening of Opera cost £20 and include a glass of wine and canapes. For further details visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or call 01629 823256.